ST. PAUL, MINN – The Mental Health Legislative Network, a coalition of more than 30 organizations concerned about the quality and availability of mental health services, held its annual Mental Health Rally and Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 6.
Senator Clausen, who spoke at the event, has been involved in a number area of improving mental health services in Minnesota. He has sponsored bi-partisan legislation to establish a training program to clarify and interpret the civil commitment act as it relates to persons with mental illness. Senator Clausen has also been involved in ongoing efforts to address the shortage of mental health workers around the state.
Sen. Clausen released the following statement on the issue:
The lack of mental healthcare workers leads to numerous consequences including the inability for the mentally ill to access treatment, and increased caseloads for mental healthcare professionals. In recent years, it has also lead to undertrained professionals working with patients with mental illnesses. I’ve been working with MnSCU and the Commissioner of Human Services to develop a comprehensive workforce plan to increase the number of mental health professionals to provide better services to those experiencing from mental health issues.